Best Wedding Video EVER!

Posted On July 27, 2009

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I know you all have seen the crazy wedding videos going around the web and because I love a good wedding video as much as the next girl (and guy) I wanted to share my favorite.
My friend (and fellow WeddingBee’r) Dana and her Husband Hunter did the AWESOME video for their wedding!

Lemme know what you think 🙂

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So you need more stuff on your registry?

Posted On June 19, 2009

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Looking over her registry the other day, a friend of mine asked me for suggestions on things she could add. I came up with a list of things some people don’t think to add and a couple things Mr Frenchie and I love to use.

1 – Tools – Right now, any tool I want is at my disposal in my parents garage. My dad is a contractor, so I pretty much have my pick of screw drivers, drill bits, hammers and pliers. Target sell this great 133 piece Home Project set by Black and Decker. I’m really excited at the possibilty of having my very own power drill!2 – Step Ladder – Another item I use frequently at my parents house, that won’t be so accessable when I move in with Mr Frenchie. I’m 5’2″ and he’s 6’2″, but I he wont be there to reach stuff for me all the time and I’d like to avoid hurting my chairs as much as possible. This 3-step ladder by Wagner Steel can also be found at Target.
3 – Compost Pail – My Frenchie and I are big Foodies and just signed a lease on an apartment with a large paio. We can’t wait to start growing our own herbs and some veggies. I found this compost pail at Crate and Barrel. The design is nice enough to leave out near the sink so I’ll remember to use it.

4 –Charcoal Grill – Growing up Mr Frenchie used to help his Dad out on their Weber Grill. About a year ago his father gave him that grill and ever since I’ve been a DIE hard charcoal fan. Trust me, nothing beats a burger off a charcoal grill. Target carries this Weber 22.5” one.

5 – Raclette Grill – We discovered this item while wondering around Sur La Table one afternoon and it has made for some great entertaining. Basically it is a griddle top that is raised up so you can metal cheese in spatulas underneath. We chose this, Swissmar Raclette Grill, because it opened options for breakfast. The griddle flips over with a circle to make crepes and you can use the spatulas to make your own mini omelettes.
What are some less than common items on your registry you would recommend to a friend?

So Happy…

Posted On April 13, 2009

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Grey Likes Weddings posted this last Friday and I’ve had it “kept as new” in my Google reader since then.
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Source The Love Shop
I held onto the post because I liked the picture (it’s our wedding colors and it has a bird), but silly me didn’t get around to actually reading the post until today. Grey, suggests using love taglines for the front of your programs – I LOVE IT!

What are your favorite blog for inspiration?

How to make an Inspiration Board…

Posted On March 17, 2009

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or how I made my Inspiration Board 🙂
I wish I owned Photoshop or something like that. I don’t even own anything more than a trial version of Power Point, which I’m sure you could make an Inspiration Board on as well. So, because I don’t own these fancy programs I used to they two I do have Microsoft Word and InfranView.
Infranview is a free and easy to use graphic view and editor I downloaded years ago to easily edit my photos for MySpace. I use it almost daily to email FH or a friend pictures I’ve seen on a website because most of their work emails block images I just copy and paste into the email.

Step 1 – Collecting the photos – If your anything like me you’ve collected a ton of inspiration photos. The hardest part of this step for me was deciding which photos to use; forcing me to decide on a set theme. 
*Note: for this step I HIGHLY recommend bookmarking websites instead of just saving the pictures to a file, this is make sourcing your photos MUCH easier and in most cases actually enable you to source your photos.

Step 2 – Editing photos – I’ve found the easiest way for me to edit my photos was to “Print Screen” and paste into InfranView. The “Print Screen” button basically copies whatever is in view on your screen to your clip board, in order to see what you’ve “copied” you have to “paste” it into a new document or in our case program.

What my screen looks like in Infranview…
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Now I want to just have a pic of the Cookbook, to do that I’ll click and drag a box over the desired area
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and select the Crop feature under Edit (ctrl + Y). 
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Now just Save the file and repeat. 

Step 3 – Inserting files –  In Microsoft Word you’ll go to Insert > Picture > From File…
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and select a photo and it will appear on your paper. It may show up bigger than you want, so just scale it down.
Next “Right Click” on the photo and choose “Format Picture”.formatUnder the Layout tab select “Tight”.
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This will allow you to move and manipulate the photos easier. When an image is set on the Tight Layout it will look like this.
tight2Repeat this step for all your photos and arrange how you like.
Here is a quick one I did with items from our registry.
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When you are finished you can do another Screen Print
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and Crop out your board.
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Ta Da!

Top: Kate Spade Larabee Dot, Spode Baking Days Deep Dish, Crate and Barrel Duo Salad Servers
Middle:KitchenAid Mixer, Crate and Barrel “The Newlywed’s Cookbook, Crate and Barrel Madison Dinnerware
Bottom: XOX Crock with tools, Target Canary Print Armless Chair, Target Preps Mixing Bowls

GOCCO!!!

Posted On December 19, 2008

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My Gocco came in the mail yesterday!

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Now I just need to learn how to use the thing and the Gocco craftiness can begin 🙂

Engagement Party Invite DIY

Posted On December 10, 2008

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This is the first of many projects I hope to DIY for our wedding… our Engagement Party Invitation. I actually did these for my mom, we did not throw ourselved an Engagement Party, not that I think it is tacky to throw yourself and Engagement Party, it is just considered tacky in my mom’s circle, so I’m just clarifying.

The idea of the invite started with a picture taken by the very talented Jessica Claire at the wedding of my very good friend Tiffany Michelle. FH and I had been dating about 2 months when Tiffany married her awesome hubbers, Dan, and Jessica caught this shot of us laughing on the dance floor.

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It has been my mothers favorite phote ever since and she wanted it incorporated into the invite, here is what we came up with and how…

Supplies
Card Stock – I printed 2 invites on one 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of card stock.
Matte Photo Paper – I printed several photos on one sheet. I chose matte because I just prefer the finish.
Envelopes – 5 3/4″ x 8 3/4″ (8.5″ x 11″ folded in half) 
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3D Dots – These are dots used to make stuff pop out, my mom bought them not knowing how much we’d need. I’d figure 2 dots a popping thing.

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X-Acto Knife – I build models for school, so I’m used to using an X-Acto knife instead of a paper cutter
X-Acto Knife safe straight-edge
Cutting Mat

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First I cut the invite sheets in half…
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Then I cut all the photos out, leaving no border…
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Next FH put two dots on the back of each photo, one at the top middle and one at the bottom middle, and placed the photo in the top center of the invite.
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Ta-Da the finished product!
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